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Charging Standard Administrative Fees for Non-Program Information
Document Number: 2020-21520
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
On August 22, 2012, we announced in the Federal Register a schedule of standard administrative fees we charge to the public. We charge these fees to recover our full costs when we provide information and related services for non-program purposes. We are announcing an update to the previously published schedule of standard administrative fees. The updated standard fee schedule is part of our continued effort to standardize fees for non-program information requests. Standard fees provide consistency and ensure we recover the full cost of supplying information when we receive a request for a purpose not directly related to the administration of a program under the Social Security Act (Act).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-21180
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-20299
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-15
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Notice of Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board Membership
Document Number: 2020-20176
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-20047
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-18943
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Notice Announcing Addresses for Service of Process
Document Number: 2020-18898
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Our Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for processing and handling summonses and complaints in lawsuits involving judicial review of our final decisions on individual claims for benefits under titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act), and individual claims for a Medicare Part D subsidy under title XVIII of the Act. This notice sets out the names and current addresses of those offices and the jurisdictions for which each office has responsibility.
Waiver of Recovery of Certain Overpayment Debts Accruing During the COVID-19 Pandemic Period
Document Number: 2020-18834
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-08-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are issuing this interim final rule with request for comments to revise our regulations on how we waive the recovery of certain overpayment debts. We will apply this interim final rule when an affected beneficiary requests waiver of certain overpayment debts that accrued during a portion of the COVID-19 pandemic period. Under this rule, we may waive recovery of these overpayment debts using a streamlined internal process. Since the overpayment debts at issue occurred because of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 national public health emergency, we can assume that these debts are not the fault of the affected beneficiaries due directly to our strategic decision to reprioritize workloads to stop manually processing certain actions, and it would be against equity and good conscience to collect them. In particular, qualifying overpayment debts include those incurred between March 1 to September 30, 2020 that we did not manually process as a result of our cession of certain activities, and that we identified by December 31. We expect that this interim final rule will allow us to maintain effective stewardship of the Social Security programs, while simultaneously ensuring that affected beneficiaries are not disadvantaged by our actions during this unprecedented national public health emergency.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-18306
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-20
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-18290
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-20
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Improved Agency Guidance Documents
Document Number: 2020-17878
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-08-20
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule explains our process for issuing guidance documents under Executive Order (E.O.) 13891, ``Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents.'' We will follow this process when we issue future guidance documents that meet the criteria set forth in the E.O. and the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) guidance on the E.O.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-18033
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Public Availability of Social Security Administration Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Service Contract Inventory
Document Number: 2020-17816
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with Section 743 of Division C of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010, we are publishing this notice to advise the public of the availability of the FY 2018 Service Contract inventory. This inventory provides information on FY 2018 service contract actions over $25,000. We organized the information by function to show how we distribute contracted resources throughout the agency. We developed the inventory in accordance with guidance issued on December 19, 2011 by the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). OFPP's guidance is available at https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/sites/default/files/omb/ procurement/memo/service-contract-inventory-guidance.pdf. You can access the inventory and summary of the inventory on our homepage at the following link: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/sci.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2020-17207
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Department of the TreasuryInternal Revenue Services (IRS). This computer matching agreement sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which IRS will disclose to SSA certain return information for the purpose of establishing the correct amount of Medicare Part B premium subsidy adjustments and Medicare Part D premium increases.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-16666
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-31
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-16361
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2020-16144
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Benefits Administrarion (VBA).
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2020-16143
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-27
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to modify an existing system of records, the Anti- Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Case Tracking and Records System (60-0380), last published on December 2, 2016. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-15766
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-22
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-13583
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Information Collection; Improving Customer Experience (OMB Circular A-11, Section 280 Implementation)
Document Number: 2020-12448
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-09
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
As part of the Administration's commitment to improving customer service delivery, the following proposed Information Collection Request ``Improving Customer Experience (OMB Circular A-11, Section 280 Implementation)'' is pending at the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration will submit it to OMB for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) within 30 days from the date of this notice.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2020-12147
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2020-12067
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to modify an existing system of records entitled, Electronic Disability Claim File (60-0320), hereinafter referred to as the eDib Claim File, last published on December 22, 2003. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth below under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Extension of Expiration Dates for Three Body System Listings
Document Number: 2020-10506
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-21
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Low Birth Weight and Failure to Thrive, Endocrine Disorders, and Cancer (Malignant Neoplastic Diseases). We are making no other revisions to these body systems in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate impairments in the affected body systems at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2020-09580
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2020-09074
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to modify an existing system of records entitled, Parking Management Record System, 60-0230, last published in full January 11, 2006. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-08927
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-28
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2020-07347
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-08
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE). OCSE will provide SSA with quarterly wage and unemployment insurance information located in the National Directory of New Hires to allow SSA to determine eligibility of applicants for Extra Help (low-income subsidy assistance) under the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003. This agreement assists SSA in determining eligibility of applicants for Extra Help; redetermining eligibility of existing Extra Help beneficiaries during periodic screening, and administering the Extra Help program.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-07183
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-07
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-06277
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Information Collection; Improving Customer Experience (OMB Circular A-11, Section 280 Implementation)
Document Number: 2020-05636
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
As part of the Administration's commitment to improving customer service delivery, the following proposed Information Collection Request ``Improving Customer Experience (OMB Circular A-11, Section 280 Implementation)'' is pending at the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration will submit it to OMB for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et. seq.) within 60 days from the date of this notice.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-04807
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Social Security Ruling, SSR 20-01p: How We Determine an Individual's Education Category
Document Number: 2020-04668
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-09
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are providing notice of SSR 20-01p. This Ruling explains how we determine an individual's education category in adult disability claims under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act.
Notice Announcing Addresses for Service of Process
Document Number: 2020-04246
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Our Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for processing and handling summonses and complaints in lawsuits involving judicial review of our final decisions on individual claims for benefits under titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act), and individual claims for a Medicare Part D subsidy under title XVIII of the Act. This notice sets out the names and current addresses of those offices and the jurisdictions for which each office has responsibility.
Announcing Our Guidance Document Portal
Document Number: 2020-04177
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-02
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This notice announces our new guidance document portal established under Executive Order 13891, ``Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents'' (E.O. 13891) and the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) memorandum, M-20-02, ``Guidance Implementing Executive Order 13891, Titled 'Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents.' ''
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-03847
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-26
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-03669
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Rescission of Social Security Acquiescence Ruling 86-3(5)
Document Number: 2020-03201
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with 20 CFR 402.35(b)(2), 404.985(e)(4) and 416.1485(e)(4), the Commissioner of Social Security gives notice of the rescission of Social Security Acquiescence Ruling (AR) 86-3(5).
Removing Inability To Communicate in English as an Education Category
Document Number: 2020-03199
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-02-25
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are finalizing our proposed regulations to eliminate the education category ``inability to communicate in English'' when we evaluate disability claims for adults under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (the Act). This education category is no longer a useful indicator of an individual's educational attainment or of the vocational impact of an individual's education because of changes in the national workforce since we adopted the current rule more than 40 years ago. We expect that these revisions will help us better assess the vocational impact of education in the disability determination process.
Extension of Expiration Dates for Three Body System Listings
Document Number: 2020-03243
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-02-24
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are extending the expiration dates of the following body systems in the Listing of Impairments (listings) in our regulations: Special Senses and Speech, Hematological Disorders, and Congenital Disorders That Affect Multiple Body Systems. We are making no other revisions to these body systems in this final rule. This extension ensures that we will continue to have the criteria we need to evaluate impairments in the affected body systems at step three of the sequential evaluation processes for initial claims and continuing disability reviews.
Advance Designation of Representative Payees for Social Security Beneficiaries
Document Number: 2020-02409
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-02-11
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are finalizing our proposed regulations specifying the information Social Security beneficiaries and applicants must provide to designate individuals as their possible representative payee in advance of our determination that the beneficiary needs a representative payee. These regulations additionally set forth how we will consider an individual's advance designation when we select a representative payee, and fulfill our obligation under 201 of the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request
Document Number: 2020-02176
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-05
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Social Security Acquiescence Ruling 19-1(6), Hicks v. Commissioner of Social Security: Disregarding Evidence During Redeterminations Under Sections 205(u) and 1631(e)(7) of the Social Security Act
Document Number: 2020-02114
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-04
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
This Social Security AR explains how we will apply a holding in a decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. We have determined that the court's holding conflicts with our interpretation of the provisions of the Social Security Act (Act) that require us to disregard evidence when we conduct a redetermination or make an initial determination of entitlement or eligibility, in cases in which there is a reason to believe that fraud or similar fault was involved in the providing of evidence.
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2020-01531
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-29
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Department of the TreasuryInternal Revenue Service (IRS). This computer matching agreement sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which IRS will disclose to SSA certain return information for the purpose of verifying eligibility for the Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy (LIS) and determining the correct subsidy percentage of benefits provided under section 1860D-14 of the Social Security Act (Act).
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2020-00331
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-14
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act, we are issuing public notice of our intent to modify an existing system of records entitled, Financial Transactions of SSA Accounting and Finance Offices (60-0231), last published on January 11, 2006. This notice publishes details of the modified system as set forth below under the caption, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Notice on Penalty Inflation Adjustments for Civil Monetary Penalties
Document Number: 2020-00236
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-10
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
The Social Security Administration is giving notice of its updated maximum civil monetary penalties. These amounts are effective from January 15, 2020 through January 14, 2021. These figures represent an annual adjustment for inflation. The updated figures and notification are required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (the 2015 Act).
Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Document Number: 2019-28475
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-06
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-27664
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-23
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
Hearings Held by Administrative Appeals Judges of the Appeals Council
Document Number: 2019-27019
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-20
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We propose to revise our rules to clarify when and how administrative appeals judges (AAJ) on our Appeals Council may hold hearings and issue decisions. The Appeals Council already has the authority to hold hearings and issue decisions under our existing statute and regulations, but we have not exercised this authority or explained the circumstances under which it would be appropriate for the Appeals Council to assume responsibility for holding a hearing and issuing a decision. The proposed clarifications will ensure the Appeals Council is not limited in the type of claims for which it may hold hearings. We expect that these proposed rules will increase our adjudicative capacity when needed, allowing us to adjust more quickly to fluctuating short-term workloads, such as when an influx of cases reaches the hearings level. Our ability to utilize our limited resources more effectively will help us quickly optimize our hearings capacity, which in turn will allow us to continue to issue accurate, timely, high-quality decisions.
Setting the Manner for the Appearance of Parties and Witnesses at a Hearing
Document Number: 2019-27172
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-18
Agency: Social Security Administration, Agencies and Commissions
We are publishing a final rule we proposed in November 2018 regarding setting the time, place, and manner of appearance for hearings at the administrative law judge (ALJ) level of our administrative review process, with modifications. Our final rule states that we (the agency) will determine how parties and witnesses will appear at a hearing before an ALJ, and that we will set the time and place for the hearing accordingly. We will schedule the parties to a hearing to appear by video teleconference (VTC), in person, or, in limited circumstances, by telephone. Under this final rule, we will decide how parties and witnesses will appear at a hearing based on several factors, but the parties to a hearing will continue to have the ability to opt out of appearing by VTC at the ALJ hearings level. Finally, we are revising our rule to state that, at the ALJ hearing level, if we need to send an amended notice of hearing, or if we need to schedule a supplemental hearing, we will send the amended notice or notice of supplemental hearing at least 20 days before the date of the hearing. The date of hearing indicated in the amended notice or notice of supplemental hearing will be at least 75 days from the date we first sent the claimant a notice of hearing, unless the claimant has waived his or her right to advance notice.